Monday, June 14, 2010

Pay It Forward

With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients.

Born on December 23, 2008, Jayden was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia due to his body going into shock after life-saving open-heart surgery to correct a congenital defect at just a week old. Doctors at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri recommended a life-saving liver transplant. He is currently on the transplant list, waiting to receive his new liver as he is suffering from pediatric end-stage liver disease.  His family's estimated out of pocket cost for the transplant related costs is $40,000.

You can donate directly to his COTA fund by clicking the link below.

"Jayden's Strides For Hope"
Jayden sporting our team shirt at the March for Babies
If you cannot donate directly, I ask that you take a whopping 2 minutes out of your day each day and vote for his charity in the APX Alarm Gives Back Contest.  The charity with the most overall votes will win $100,000.  The charity with the most votes in each region will win $30,000.  It would be incredible if we could rally together and make "COTA for Jayden Olmstead" the top charity in the Central Region.  If we could make it the top overall charity - we could not only help Jayden and his family but other families with children in need of a life saving organ transplant as anything not used by the Olmsteads will be donated to another family in need.

Here is how to vote:
"Like" the page.
"Click" the button that says 'Start nominating and voting'
"Type" in "COTA" next to the drop down box that says 'Most Recent' and click 'Go'
"VOTE" for COTA for Jayden Olmstead
It's that easy!  Copy and paste these directions and share them on your blog, email them to your family and friends, share it on your facebook wall, tweet it; etc.  You can also use the "Vote For Jayden" collage on your blog.  If you need the html to make it a link, just let me know.  I'm glad to help!
Please pass this on and help make a huge difference in one little guy's life!

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